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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: May 16, 2012 8:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I'm in a Glass case of emotion (non Dead)

I just saw Everything Must Go and was really impressed. That's the direction I hope he goes in the future.

In the film Farrelll plays an alcoholic who has fallen of the wagon again and is fired from his high level corporate position. His wife leaves him the same day after freezing all their assets, canceling their cell phone provider and changing the locks along with his ex-employer taking the company car the next day. Still many laughs along with the reality of his situation not too far in the background. Not cloyingly sweet and no Hollywood ending.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: May 16, 2012 7:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I'm in a Glass case of emotion (non Dead)

I generally find Will Ferrell’s sophomoric romps to be boorish, but "Everything Must Go" and “Stranger Than Fiction” find Will taking on more dramatic roles and both films come across well, i enjoyed the irony of his so-called cop friend and AA mentor who was the person his wife was having an affair with.

We viewed the Descendants recently and it was completely enjoyable, great dysfunctional family story, fantastic Hawaiian cinematography, the metaphoric puzzle of who his comatose wife was cheating with played on many levels including the conflict with his father in-law and daughters boyfriend mixed with the greed/expectations of the extended family. I enjoyed Alexander Payne's (sideways) ability to mix comedy inside the framework of a tragic situation, something Clooney experienced to some extent working with the Coen Brothers in “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” and the development as he reconnects with his daughters.

The scene with the younger daughter at the hospital learning her mother was dead was tough, but Clooney screaming at his comatose wife on her death bed and the wife of the cheating realtor with her emotional "i forgive you" speech were both completely ironical.

Also “The Help”. This is an important film for every American to view, the tragic experience of folks treated as property, working for ridiculous pay and the demoralizing effects of this human cruelty, augmented by some stellar comedy which gives "shit eatin grin" a whole new meaning!